153 Assisted Living Facilities near Columbia, MD
There are 153 Assisted Living Facilities in the Columbia area, with 13 in Columbia and 140 nearby.
The average cost of assisted living in Columbia is $3,652 per month. This is higher than the national median of $3,400.
To help you with your search, browse the 337 reviews below for assisted living facilities in Columbia. On average, consumers rate assisted living in Columbia 4.3 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include Ellicott City with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.
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13 Assisted Living Facilities in Columbia, MD
140 Assisted Living Facilities near Columbia, MD
What to Consider About Assisted Living in Columbia
Columbia, ranked the number one place to live in 2016 by Money Magazine, is a city in Howard County, Maryland. It is considered part of both the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas and lies just 20 miles southwest of Baltimore and 24 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Seniors make up 13.3 percent of the population and they can choose from 13 assisted living facilities (ALFs) in the city. ALFs are regulated by the Maryland Department of Health and are defined as residential or facility-based programs that provide room and board and assistance with daily living activities.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Columbia
- Columbia offers seniors a wealth of arts and culture including outdoor concerts at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Lake Kittamaqundi, Historic Oakland Mansion and Toby’s Dinner Theatre. Seniors can also take advantage of Howard County’s Senior Pass Program, which gives free admission to arts performances and school sporting events.
- Columbia's climate varies from hot, humid summers with highs of 88 degrees Fahrenheit in July to cold winters with lows of 24 degrees in January. Snowfall is below average at 18 inches per year and rainfall is slightly above at 44 inches annually.
- The cost of living in Columbia surpasses the U.S. average by 35.1 percent. This is reflected mainly in higher housing costs but the cost of living, in general, is lower than in Washington, D.C. Grocery and health care costs come in right around U.S. averages.
Violent crime and property crime in Columbia are low for the area with scores of 39.9 and 42.1 out of 100, although they are higher than national averages. Crime here is lower than both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., which is good news for seniors wishing to live in a safer area. Compared to the rest of the country, Columbia is safer than 21 percent of U.S. cities.
- Seniors over 60 can get around town for free on one of RTA Transit’s public buses. HT Ride provides curb-to-curb transportation for seniors. Neighbor Ride also provides supplemental transportation for adults over 60.
- Maryland exempts social security benefits from taxation, which may help seniors put more money towards assisted living. However, all other types of retirement income are taxed.
Paying for Assisted Living in Columbia
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Columbia start around $3,652 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Columbia and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Columbia
The state of Maryland offers financial aid for room and board to seniors through the Senior Assisted Group Home Subsidy Program, and there are three government programs that can help offset costs through other services: the Increased Community Services Program, the Community Options (CO) Waiver and the Community First Choice Program.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Maryland page.
More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:
- Veterans Benefits
- Life Insurance Policy
- Long-Term Care Insurance
- Reverse Mortgage
For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Maryland page.
Free Assisted Living Resources in Columbia
Columbia and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in Columbia, please visit our Assisted Living in Maryland page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Columbia
Columbia-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Maryland are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Maryland page for more information about these laws.
Other Options in Columbia, MD
Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Columbia
Review of Sunrise of Columbia
I like the layout of Sunrise of Columbia. It requires less walking, which was a big selling point for my mother. Everyone is very nice and helpful, and the people that live there seem to be happy. ... Read more
Review of Brighton Gardens of Columbia
I have been a volunteer at BG for quite some time. I love the place. The staff — especially Sheila and Margaret — always go above and beyond. The food is way beyond what you might expect. And t... Read more
Review of Harmony Hall
Our Mom moved into Harmony Hall at the end stage of her life after living independently with 24/7 care which was no longer affordable. It took her a while to adjust to not having someone around ev... Read more